Pitch Your Tent – Good News for July 28

28 07 2009

Exodus 33:7-11

The tent, which was called the meeting tent, Moses used to pitch at some distance away, outside the camp. Anyone who wished to consult the Lord would go to this meeting tent outside the camp. Whenever Moses went out to the tent, the people would all rise and stand at the entrance of their own tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent.

As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come down and stand at its entrance while the Lord spoke with Moses.On seeing the column of cloud stand at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise and worship at the entrance of their own tents. The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another.

The Daily Path: Moses placed the meeting tent away from the activity of the main camp. I can only assume this was Moses way of 1) putting an exclamation point on separation between human living and the spiritual life requested by God; and 2) ensuring that those wishing to be in the presence of God could find some peace in order to prepare their own hearts and minds for a conversation with the Father.

I’m like many people who get “busy” living life. Unfortunately in doing so, I place far too many things ahead of the Lord. All too often I fail to go to my tent and converse with God. While I strive to go to church, the physical meeting tent, for Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, or just quiet reflection, all too often I forget my inner tent. Even in the most chaotic surroundings, each of us have the ability to quiet our mind and withdraw from what is going on around us. In those moments, no matter how brief, we can talk face-to-face with our Lord.

No columns of cloud… only time seeking the presence of God.

Room to Chat: Get outside the busy camp of living. Pitch your inner tent. Find peace in the Lord.

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Hungry Man – Good News for February 11

11 02 2009

Mark 7:14-23

Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them, “Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.)

“But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”

The Daily Chat: I find myself growing increasingly hungry for a deeper understanding of the spiritual journey. The more I talk with God the hungrier I get. What once seemed so simple is gradually becoming more complex to me. Perhaps this is the weakness in me trying to once again take control of the situation. Maybe it’s normal for someone who has experienced a deep conversion. I don’t know.

One thing I clearly understand: how Jesus’ disciples felt. “Give us a break. We’re trying to understand as best we can.”

Room to Chat: Another hunger exists within me. The desire for more time to reflect. We move at hyper-speed in this country. I feel like a traveler on a Japanese bullet train trying to enjoy a glimpse of beauty just beyond my window. However, the train is traveling so fast it’s difficult to catch any detail of the surroundings. As long periods for contemplation are near impossible to find, the need for the mini-retreat becomes increasingly important to me. Moments of sanctuary to focus on God.